President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday slammed the Peoples Democratic Party leaders for allegedly looting the treasury for 16 years, saying “only God can give them punishment”.
Buhari spoke at the State House, Abuja, when he received the leaders of 1,000 support groups.
He said, “Large scale abuse of trust, only God can give them punishment but those we can touch, we will get them prosecuted.
“We have said the properties confiscated should be sold and put the money into the treasury and we will use.”
The President repeated a story on how he met with the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (Mr Godwin Emefiele) on assumption of office in 2015 and he was informed that there was no money left in the treasury.
Buhari said, “I have said this for the umpteenth time and I have challenged them to prove me wrong, but in the 16 years the PDP ruled, Nigeria was getting 2.1 million times 100 (2.1 million barrels by $100 per barrel) every day, every week, but when we came on board, the price fell to between $37-$38 and hung around $40-$50.
“I went to the CBN Governor and asked him for money, and he said there was no money.”
Dr Mahmud Mohammed, who led the groups, told the President that they were attracted to him because of his integrity.
Mohammed added, “From tomorrow we will not sleep. We will start house-to-house, shop-to-shop and market-to-market campaign to ensure your victory.”
However, the PDP said the President should not be taken seriously.